Mark Hall wins Junior World Championships

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Mark Hall rolled through the field at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland. Hall rolled to a 5-0 record to win the 74kg title. Hall is coming off a 2016-17 NCAA folkstyle season that saw him win the 174 pound individual title in St. Louis, part of Penn State's 5-0 performance in the national finals and team title run.

Hall, who will be a sophomore at Penn State this upcoming season, opened up the tournament with a 10- technical fall over Adlan Bataiev of the Ukraine. He then downed Radik Valiev of Russia 6-2 in the second round. The Apple Valley grad then rolled over Mohammad Mottaghinia of Iran in the quarterfinals, notching a 10- tech fall.

The Nittany Lion national champion then posted a strong 10-3 decision over Muhammet Kucukyildirim of Turkey in the semifinals to earn a spot in the 74kg finals. Hall then got the fall over Isa Shapiev of Uzbekistan in just 0:42 to win the 2017 Junior World Championship. The world title is Hall's second straight Junior World Championship.

Hall closed out his first NCAA season with a 31-3 mark, including 12 pins, three techs and six majors. His 5-0 run through nationals, ending in the 174 pound title, capped off an outstanding season. He joined teammate Vincenzo Joseph in becoming Penn State's first-ever freshmen National Champions. Hall was the third true freshman finalist in Penn State history, joining Cary Kolat (1993) and Nico Megaludis (2012), and the first to win a title.

Last Updated August 02, 2017